WE ARE SO JAM HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE...
Windsor Vermont, April 21st, 2023 - 2023’s US Good Food Awards’ results have just been announced and Blake Hill Preserves is honored with THREE WINNERS - two in the Elixirs category for their Wild Mint Botanical Shrub and Spicy Jalapeño Botanical Shrub, and Blake Hill’s Fresh Tomato Savory Jam is a Winner in the Preserves category.
Blake Hill’s Botanical Shrub Collection continues to be their most successful new product launch yet, with six US Good Food Awards since its introduction just two harvest seasons ago. This unique Collection captures the essence of everything that is Blake Hill. At its very heart are wild herbs foraged from the meadows at Blake Hill, and fresh organic produce from local farms to provide a special taste of terroir. “Our Wild Mint Shrub features springtime wild mint tips from Blake Hill, and our Spicy Jalepeño Shrub features organic chili peppers from Honey Field Farm. We infuse our botanicals in pure apple cider vinegar within just a few hours of harvest - first a hot infusion, and then a long cold infusion - to capture their fresh, fragrant essence for enjoyment year round” says Vicky Allard, Co-Owner and Executive Chef at Blake Hill.
What started as micro Botanical Shrub batches in Blake Hill's Private Kitchen Batch series that had customers traveling from afar to secure a rare bottle is now a formal collection of five botanically infused Shrubs for customers to make incredible cocktails, salad dressings, desserts and more. “Our Shrub Collection also includes Basil Blueberry which has already garnered two US Good Food Awards of its own, our springtime Rhubarb & Honey Shrub, and a personal favorite of Ginger Turmeric which makes an incredible Old Fashioned with a Ginger twist” says Vicky.
Blake Hill’s Savory & Spicy Jams Collection has also won many US Good Food Awards since its launch a few years ago. Their latest Winner - Fresh Tomato Savory Jam - features seasonal organic tomatoes from Honey Field Farm, Cherry Tomatoes from the garden beds at Blake Hill, and a hint of Co-Owner Joe Hanglin’s Mediterranean heritage with a custom infused herb blend. This perfectly balanced sweet-savory jam is a classic pairing for a wide variety of cheese - especially aged cheddar and manchego. It is also a favorite jam to cook with, especially on a pizza base - keeping the crust crisp and providing maximum flavor with a perfect caramelization around the edge when baked. It is also phenomenal with any breakfast egg dishes and stir fries.
Blake Hill’s Fresh Tomato Savory Jam joins their Good Food Awards’ Winning Roasted Garlic Savory Jam and Jalepeño and Lime Spicy Chili Jam, and other special savory and spicy jam creations, at the heart of Blake Hill’s unique Cooking with Jam series comprising over 200 recipes for customers, guiding them through how to make simple dishes special with a jar of Blake Hill’s award-winning, artisan Jam.
About Blake Hill Preserves: An English fruit preservatory in Vermont creating innovative sweet, savory and spicy jams, marmalades, condiments, pie fillings and cocktail shrubs for the modern pantry. They combine three generations of preserve-making skills with innovative yet super elegant flavors and the finest ingredients for health-conscious customers. Blake Hill has garnered multiple wins at the US Good Food Awards, the Specialty Food Association's SOFIs and the World Marmalade Awards, and are available nationwide at specialty food stores, and served on the plate and cheese board at restaurants and other fine establishments. Blakehillpreserves.com
About the Good Food Awards: The Good Food Foundation exists to celebrate, connect, empower and leverage the passionate and engaged, yet often overlooked, players in the food system who are driving towards tasty, authentic and responsible food in order to humanize and reform our American food culture. With over 2,000 entries each year, the competition is fierce for a Good Food Award. In each category, three food crafters from each region – North, South, East, West and Central – receive the honor each year. Look for the blue Good Food Awards seal on the shelves of exceptional grocers like the Good Food Merchants Collaborative who take care to stock them. Explore their standards and discover the winners. goodfoodfdn.org/